Work starts on 12 new council houses in Lavenham
PUBLISHED: 13:21 17 September 2016
A project that will provide 12 new affordable rented homes in a picturesque west Suffolk village is under way.
The flats in Meadow Close, Lavenham, are being built by Babergh District Council.
The scheme is part of a joint project to build 65 homes across six sites in the Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts. The 27 in Babergh and 38 in Mid Suffolk will be the first new council homes in either district for 30 years.
According to the recently adopted Lavenham Neighbourhood Plan, the village has a much higher than average older population with 33% of the 1,422 residents being over 65.
The 12 new one-bedroom flats in Meadow Close, which are due to be finished by January, will meet the clearly identified need for smaller rented affordable homes in Lavenham. They will be let through the council’s choice-based lettings system on an affordable rent tenancy and priority will be given to those aged over 50 in recognition of the locally identified need.
The scheme is being delivered with development partner Havebury Housing Partnership and the flats are being constructed by East Anglian building and civil engineering firm Brooks and Wood.
A bricklaying ceremony took place in Lavenham earlier this week attended by Babergh leader Jennie Jenkins and the council’s portfolio holder for housing delivery, Alan Ferguson. David Mittel, from Brooks and Wood, also attended along with council chairman Peter Burgoyne, who laid the first brick to signal the start of the project.
Mr Burgoyne said: “I am delighted that work is now under way to build our first new council homes in nearly 30 years.
“These will be high quality, modern and energy efficient properties to meet the needs of those on our housing register who are unable to afford to rent in this area on the open market.
“This project is a great step forward in our plans to provide more housing in our rural areas and it’s something we can all be proud of.”
Stuart Boardley, director for Brooks and Wood, described the design of the development as “a very attractive concept”.
“This will be a development that we can all be very proud of for many years to come,” he added.